The Folding @ Home program uses
distributed computing to simulate scenarios related to protein folding. By
installing the software on your home or work PC, and downloading the necessary
data packets, you're computing data for the Pande Group at
Stanford university's chemistry department.
They are a non profit organization
that are trying to find cures for diseases. All data that is gathered is
available to other researchers after it has been published in scientific
journals. To encourage computational protein
folding and participation, the Pande Group brings distributed computing to the
next level by allowing for team competition. This means a group of computer
enthusiasts can use their computers to fold, not just for themselves, but also
for a team which will be ranked according to amount of data computed.
To start your computer Folding @ Home for team PCstats,
simply download the appropriate client software for your OS from the Folding
@ Home website and install it. The program will prompt you for a user
name; please only enter the name that you use in the PCstats Forums. Once you've
completed the sign up and have established a live internet connection, your
computer will download the necessary data packets and automatically begin to
Please note, the Folding @ Home application runs in
the background on your computer and only uses the spare CPU cycles that are
available. When the program detects a higher CPU load or a specific application
requiring more attention, it will minimize the amount processor time it's using
all the way down to zero, if necessary. That means even with 100% stress loads,
Folding @ Home will not slow your system down.
To jump onto the PCStats Folding @ Home team you'll
need to enter the team number in the application control panel. To do that,
right click on the red client icon in your task tray and click the
"Configure..." option. That will open up a new window where you can enter the
PCstats Folding @ Home team number which is 13496.
Once you've entered
13496, press the OK button. Congratulations you've just joined
the PCStats Folding @ Home team You can monitor PCStats team statistics here to see where you and our team stand overall. Obviously,
if you've just started you'll be at the bottom of the list, but here's a hint,
using more than one PC is not cheating. ;-) I have four PC's folding at
any given time, and some of the really competitive PCStats Folding @ Home team
members have 10+ machines going!
Hopefully with your help, PCstats can break into the top 50 Folding
@ Home teams! Right now we're in 63rd position.Join now, you're not just helping PCStats Folding @ Home team,
but also all of humanity! Doesn't that make
you feel all warm inside? =)